Insider reports details of Joseph Woll's new contract.

Insider reports details of Joseph Woll's new contract.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll are reportedly very close to signing a new deal.

Jonathan Larivee

It sounds as though the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll have all but agreed on a brand new contract extension.

According to a breaking news report from National Hockey League insider Kevin Weekes, Woll is reportedly on the verge of signing a new deal that will presumably keep him in Toronto for the next 3 years. Weekes is reporting that the new contract will be a 3 year deal that will carry an average annual value and salary cap hit in the range of $3.5-$4 million per season.

That will represent a massive raise for Woll who is coming off of a contract that saw him at a cap hit of just $766,667 last season, but it is also a sign that the Maple Leafs view him taking on a much bigger role for them this season. The Leafs could still make a move over the summer that changes things, but most pundits appear to believe that the Maple Leafs will be going with Woll as their starting netminder for the 2024-25 NHL regular season.

There's no question that Woll was deserving of a raise, having largely stolen the starting job from Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov this past season. Over the course of the season Woll would record a 2.94 goals against average and a .907 save percentage, but elevated his game when called upon during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the playoffs Woll would record a 0.86 goals against average and a .964 save percentage over his 3 playoff appearances, clearly establishing himself as the best option the Maple Leafs have, at least internally, moving forward.

Whether or not Woll will be able to maintain that level of play over the course of a full season as a starting goaltender remains to be seen.